High power scopes are not so easy to use without support. If you go to academy they have scopes mounted on blue plastic rifles. Take a 3x scope and swing it like you would if you were shooting at running game. Try the same with a 12x scope. With the 12x scope all you will see is a black spot and blur.
I like weatherby rifles for bolt action and semi auto browning rifles. The new model 70 looks very attractive but I have yet to shoot a new model 70. My Model 70 was made in the mid 70's. It shoots very well. In fact, it is the most accurate rifle I have ever shot. I put it on a lead sled it put 3 holes in an area about the size of a club on a playing card.
Going back to weatherby. Weatherby guarantees their rifles to shoot a 1" or less group with factory ammo. With your budget I would consider a Mark V. The Mark V has a steel reinforced walnut stock.
The range certified Mark V does have a hand laminated stock. It also has a $4K price tag to go with it. Weatherby does offer a range certified Vangaurd, but it has a synthetic stock. The Vangaurd is a howa 1500 with a nice stock and a 1" guarantee. I would rather buy a Howa 1500 for half price without the warranty and a Hogue over molded stock.
Savage offers some very nice rifles equipped with a nikon scope. I like the way that savages shoot but the stocks are to small for me. I would have to buy a stock on day one to enjoy a savage. If you are not 6'4" with a heavy frame the savage stock might not be an issue for you.
is good site to get an idea of what a rifle costs. On a $1000 rifle you might find it for $50 less at another shop.